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Al Jazeera America
Apr 12, 2014 12:00am EDT
, up next, fault lines, taliban country. check out the headlines at are aljazeera.com. america tonight will be seen in one half hour immediately following this special report from fault lines. >> just an hours drive from kabul, is charkh district, afghanistan. as the us and nato prepares to pull out most of their forces later this year, i travelled here to try to see what life is like in areas of afghanistan under the rule of the taliban. after days of negotiations, through intermediaries - i was told i would be allowed in, with a camera. >> i'm actually quite nervous and the reason is that five years ago when i tried to embed with a group of insurgents in helmand i was kidnapped and i was held for a week. i was lucky and managed to escape from them but still i don't hope that i will end up in the same situation. >> this sort of access is incredibly rare... its also risky - this is taliban country. >> charkh is a cluster of dusty settlements surrounding a small, central town. the taliban of charkh were burying their dead. >> one of the two taliban fighters killed in an attack on a loca
Al Jazeera America
Apr 11, 2014 9:00pm EDT
to try to see what life is like in areas of afghanistan under the rule of the taliban. after days of negotiations, through intermediaries - i was told i would be allowed in, with a camera. >> i'm actually quite nervous and the reason is that five years ago when i tried to embed with a group of insurgents in helmand i was kidnapped and i was held for a week. i was lucky and managed to escape from them but still i don't hope that i will end up in the same situation. >> this sort of access is incredibly rare... its also risky - this is taliban country. >> charkh is a cluster of dusty settlements surrounding a small, central town. the taliban of charkh were burying their dead. >> one of the two taliban fighters killed in an attack on a local afghan army base. a lot of inhabitants from this village in charkh have gathered today. >> they're here to pay their respects. they're here also to mourn, and also show that they are proud. >> the dead man's father was amongst the mourners. >> many of the dead fighter's comrades were there, including 17-year-old ehsanullah, who also took part in t
Al Jazeera America
Apr 5, 2014 12:00am EDT
. and an special "faultlines" on the front lines of the taliban is up next. and you can always check out our website. ♪ america tonight will be seen in one half hour immediately following this special report from fault lines. >> as us forces prepare to pull out of afghanistan after twelve long years, al jazeera's fault lines travelled there. >> the taliban fighters, they're running towards the base now. they're trying to raid the base. >> over several days, we gained extraordinary access to a group of self-proclaimed taliban fighters. >> and the mortars are landing in the areas where we are. >> it was an insight, in part at least, into what the war in afghanistan looks like - from the other side. >> the fighter jet is still in the air circling looking for a target. >> kabul, afghanistan afghan president hamid karzai is currently refusing to sign a treaty that would leave a small nato force in the country. if nothing changes, all foreign soldiers will leave by the end of this year. in secret, karzai has been negotiating with the taliban, in order to avoid a full-blown civil war. since 2005,
Al Jazeera America
Apr 13, 2014 2:00am EDT
of afghanistan after twelve long years, al jazeera's fault lines travelled there. >> the taliban fighters, they're running towards the base now. they're trying to raid the base. >> over several days, we gained extraordinary access to a group of self-proclaimed taliban fighters. >> and the mortars are landing in the areas where we are. >> it was an insight, in part at least, into what the war in afghanistan looks like - from the other side. >> the fighter jet is still in the air circling looking for a target. >> kabul, afghanistan afghan president hamid karzai is currently refusing to sign a treaty that would leave a small nato force in the country. if nothing changes, all foreign soldiers will leave by the end of this year. in secret, karzai has been negotiating with the taliban, in order to avoid a full-blown civil war. since 2005, the taliban has clawed back territory. they now dominate large parts of the country. >> but approximately only one hour's drive from here, right over behind the mountain there, is logar. and in logar there's still a war going on. >> i wanted to see what the war look
Al Jazeera America
Apr 4, 2014 9:00pm EDT
there. >> the taliban fighters, they're running towards the base now. they're trying to raid the base. >> over several days, we gained extraordinary access to a group of self-proclaimed taliban fighters. >> and the mortars are landing in the areas where we are. >> it was an insight, in part at least, into what the war in afghanistan looks like - from the other side. >> the fighter jet is still in the air circling looking for a target. >> kabul, afghanistan afghan president hamid karzai is currently refusing to sign a treaty that would leave a small nato force in the country. if nothing changes, all foreign soldiers will leave by the end of this year. in secret, karzai has been negotiating with the taliban, in order to avoid a full-blown civil war. since 2005, the taliban has clawed back territory. they now dominate large parts of the country. >> but approximately only one hour's drive from here, right over behind the mountain there, is logar. and in logar there's still a war going on. >> i wanted to see what the war looked like from the other side - in the charkh district of logar pro
Al Jazeera America
Apr 11, 2014 7:30pm EDT
's fault lines travelled there. >> the taliban fighters, they're running towards the base now. they're trying to raid the base. >> over several days, we gained extraordinary access to a group of self-proclaimed taliban fighters. >> and the mortars are landing in the areas where we are. >> it was an insight, in part at least, into what the war in afghanistan looks like - from the other side. >> the fighter jet is still in the air circling looking for a target. >> kabul, afghanistan afghan president hamid karzai is currently refusing to sign a treaty that would leave a small nato force in the country. if nothing changes, all foreign soldiers will leave by the end of this year. in secret, karzai has been negotiating with the taliban, in order to avoid a full-blown civil war. since 2005, the taliban has clawed back territory. they now dominate large parts of the country. >> but approximately only one hour's drive from here, right over behind the mountain there, is logar. and in logar there's still a war going on. >> i wanted to see what the war looked like from the other side - in the c
Al Jazeera America
Apr 4, 2014 9:30pm EDT
with the taliban as the insurgent group forces its way back in to headlines with a tax on weste western westerners, and signals the fight over afghans future isn't over yet. ♪ >>> al jazeera's "faultlines" documentary comes at a critical moment in afghanistan's future before an election that could lead to the country's first peaceful transition of power or not. strong signals suggest that peaceful might be unattainable. a stunning reminder of the taliban's ability to wreak havoc in the afghan capitol. four gunmen attack a hotel popular with westerners. >> they carried pistols and were able to hide the pistols in their socks. we got information right away, and sent our police commander forces that there was an operation going on. >> attackers went to the restaurant and starting shooting before moving through the rest of the hotel. one journalist was shot dead along with his wife and two young children. the four attackers were also killed. afghan authorities say they appeared to be about 18 years old. the taliban spokesmen claimed responsible for the attacks, saying . . . the horrific assault come
Al Jazeera America
Apr 11, 2014 9:30pm EDT
as a country takes its first steps to a new future. our special focus on the taliban and afghanistan today continues now.after the fault lines documentary, this is taliban country. that country today is a powder keg. after decades of fighting, outside forces and inter-tribal faceoffs, looking to the future about questions about what's next. as u.s. forces prepare to leave there is reason for hope. last week's presidential election defied prediction. 350,000 strong security presence was far less than feared. it was according to outside monitors a big win for democracy. and a setback to the taliban which had vowed to disrupt the vote. >> i mean if it's up to them, no elections at all. but we want the elections, we want somebody who will deal with the taliban, evolve that issue and then resolve that issue and then come out and vote. >> beyond the relatively smooth election, the limits on the taliban's power, as evidenced by fault lines documentary, this is taliban country, in which the group struggled against the better armed and better organized rch afghan national ay army about. >> they don
of the taliban in afghanistan, the obama administration was trying to work out what to do. the insurgency had gotten so difficult in afghanistan that they had to order a surge of troops. so the foreign troops had gone up to 120,000 in at anniston and they were losing the war. it was a very critical moment, and the surge had its place and had to be done. but at the same time holbrooke put a single on it. they were fighting the wrong enemy in the wrong country. surely when you fight a war you have to go to the source which was across the border in pakistan and that's where al-qaeda had taken refuge after 9/11, after the american intervention. within months they moved across the border into the pakistan tribal areas. in some of these areas you are looking at. the taliban as well who have given sanctuary all through the '90s, they also moved across the border and they started to regroup. as i reported in afghanistan in the early years after 9/11, i started to hear this from all the afghans. i was following in the battlefields, you know, the real problem. so i went over to pakistan and started rep
CSPAN
Apr 12, 2014 6:00pm EDT
the taliban has to offer. in a way it is a blow for the taliban. it puts a dent in their narrative. i am not saying the taliban is going to disappear and peace will break out tomorrow, but this will put pressure on the taliban. it has been a blow to them. these elections should also restore a sense of optimism among americans, and it should remind us why the u.s. went to war in afghanistan in the first place, and what's at stake for u.s. national security interests, and what could happen if we withdraw troops to quickly. unfortunately, american popular support for the war has dipped considerably. some of the latest polling shows it is below 20%. i think this is because of the western media bias for reporting on violence and bad news coming out of the country, but i think it's also the result of president karzai and his continuous criticism of american policies there despite the massive amount of assistance in blood and treasure the u.s. has spent there, but the white house has been reluctant to talk about the war and really spell out for the american people what is at stake, so i think a
Al Jazeera America
Apr 3, 2014 12:30pm EDT
in the country since 2001 when taliban. in the decade since the u.s. invested money, mann power and sacrificed more than 2,000 lives, helping to build the foundation for a new way to govern. while the election brings hope. it brings concerns, rumours of voter fraud and election rigging that plagued afghan politics. every surface along with the taliban carrying out high-profile attacks in the hopes of scaring away voters from the polls and undermining the election. it highlights concerns about security to keep u.s. forces past year's end. could corruption and violence doom afghanistan's young democracy, undo the progress made with u.s. investment and create national security concerns. the conversation we are joined by a former advisor to afghan president hamid karzai, and the author of" walking in the footsteps of lions," and tony schafer who served two combat tours in afghanistan and awarded the bronze star, and david, a defense department official on afghanistan and pakistan. welcome to "the stream." >> tony, americans have invested $700 billion, endless amounts of resources, 2,000 lives lost
CSPAN
Apr 6, 2014 9:34pm EDT
the polling sites very well. the people show their bravery and defied the taliban. you have to celebrate the moment. host: this is an opinion piece the yuko wrote about the elections. what happened yesterday and how things will happen moving forward. you say each of the three candidates would be a plausible president or plausible first-round loser. each would be more comfortable -- vane west van karzai karzai. --than karzai. he had been the king of afghanistan's personal physician. well-known here. he's to work in washington for the world bank. he was the finance minister and moved back after the fall of the taliban. they are all familiar with the west. even visitors like myself have had the chance to get to know all three of them. that part is promising. american forces to stay. they know they need help. they are less caught up in some of the back-and-forth that president karzai has had with the obama white house. they're going to have their challenges. a promisingit is top three. cnn is reporting a very heavy security presence. despite the threat by the taliban, that did not deter peop
CSPAN
Apr 26, 2014 3:02pm EDT
fight alongside afghan soldiers against al-qaeda and the taliban. the strategy worked so well that osama bin laden punt a bounty on major gant's head. this is just under an hour. [applause] >> thank you very much. i'd like to thank third place books for this wonderful opportunity and for your interest in my new book, "american spartan." i'm grateful for the support of family and friends here today. let me open with a quote from the beginning of the book by british army officer t.e. lawrence whose deep understanding of the arab tribes who he fought with in world worr i was an important inspiration for this project. it is their war, lawrence wrote, and you are to help them, not to win it for them. i'd like to ask you to indulge me ask use your imagination as i take you with me to a faraway place. imagine that you are this a small -- in a small village per perch add at hillside near afghanistan's border with pakistan. it is dark and very cold. you are standing under the stars in the open air courtyard of a traditional mud-walled afghan compound. there is no running water, electricity or hea
Al Jazeera America
Apr 8, 2014 1:00am EDT
get the latest from aljazeera.com. did the taliban's threat of violence harm afghan elections. is syria's civil war leading to an outbreak of polio spreading beyond its borders. >> why are latinos doing better than african-americans. >> i'm antonio mora, welcome to "consider this". here is more on what is ahead. . >> pro-russian protesters seized government buildings in three cities in eastern ukraine. >> there are strong evidence to paid. >> this is nearly the same playbook we saw in crimea. >> the elections mark an important step forward in the power. >> polls are being counted to see who will succeed president hamid karzai. >> we don't know who won. we know that the taliban lost. >> clashes between protesters and police in venezuela's capital, hours after opposition leader was formally charged with inciting violence at a government rally. >> we begin with serious unrest in ukraine since russia annexed crimea. hundreds of pro-russian demonstrators in donetsk declared they would follow crimea's lead to leave ukraine and urged vladimir putin to send peace-keeping troops to the
Al Jazeera America
Apr 4, 2014 4:00pm EDT
. the taliban cast a long shadow over this election. the capital has enjoyed a series of attacks as the group carries out it's promise, and there will pockets where there will be no voting because of the taliban threat. >> does the threat of the attack put you off? >> i'm enthusiastic to vote. it does not put me off. you cannot let the taliban dictate. if it's up to them, no elections at all. well, we want the elections. we want someone to deal with the taliban, resolve that issue, and you have to come out and vote. >> turn out and a relatively corruption-free vote are what will help give this election legitimacy in the eyes of afghans. whoever wins will need to have plenty of that if they'll have any chance of face challenging issues in afghanistan. >> a reporter was killed while covering elections. she was killed instantly when the taliban fired on the car that she was in. her photographer is reportedly in stable condition. last month a journalist was killed along with eight others when the taliban attacked a luxury hotel in kabul. >>> the obama administration is reevaluating it's middle ea
CSPAN
Apr 6, 2014 5:06pm EDT
the taliban. you have to celebrate the moment. host: this is an opinion piece the yuko wrote about the elections. what happened yesterday and how things will happen moving forward. you say each of the three candidates would be a plausible president or plausible first-round loser. each would be more comfortable -- vane west van karzai karzai. --than karzai. he had been the king of afghanistan's personal physician. well-known here. he's to work in washington for the world bank. he was the finance minister and moved back after the fall of the taliban. they are all familiar with the west. even visitors like myself have had the chance to get to know all three of them. that part is promising. american forces to stay. they know they need help. they are less caught up in some of the back-and-forth that president karzai has had with the obama white house. they're going to have their challenges. a promisingit is top three. cnn is reporting a very heavy security presence. despite the threat by the taliban, that did not deter people from voting. the fingers were dipped in purple ink. we did se
CSPAN
Apr 5, 2014 4:00am EDT
will be front and center thinking about the elections, the violence the taliban has been trying to employ to influence the coverage of election. also as we look forward and think about afghanistan's stability. everyone will be thinking about security. the more immediate question is to think about what is going on this week in afghanistan. the first round of elections for president on saturday. there will also be elections at the prediction -- there will also be elections at the provincial level saturday. we will talk amongst ourselves amended to your questions and answers about halfway through. i would like to begin with ambassador ron nuemann, ambassador from 2005 2007 in afghanistan. war: book "the other winning and losing in afghanistan" is one of the best books i can recommend. i want to discuss how he sees the situation today. the stakes and american policy choices. >> thank you very much. been heavily involved in afghanistan for seven years. at least six of those, if not all seven, has been referred to as "the decisive year" in afghanistan. there is some truth in that. it is a bit l
PBS
Apr 10, 2014 12:00am PDT
believes this is the way to go. the taliban rose up and they quickly go to them and now this is the only thing i think they know how to, they really believe they're defending pakistan's interests. and ensuring a client state in afghanistan and they will continue doing it until one stops them. >> rose: we conclude this evening with a new film called hateship and loveship it stars kristen wiig and stars liza johnson. >> better take it off please and wrap it up. >> wonderful. >> i think it's kind of an interesting character to see these days someone that's so socially and isn't really in the world that we live in. she's sort of like in her own little world in this house taking care of this woman and she gets sort of like pushed into reality and i thought that was kind of interesting. >> rose: afghanistan, pakistan and a new movie starring kristen wiig next. >> there's a saying around here: you stand behind what you say. around here, we don't make excuses, we make commitments. and when you can't live up to them, you own up and make it right. some people think the kind of accountability tha
Al Jazeera America
Apr 4, 2014 6:00pm EDT
is really like under the taliban. >> we're going to be taken to a place, where they're going to make plans for an attack. >> the only thing i know is, that they say they're not going to withdraw. >> then, immediately after, an america tonight special edition for more inside and analysis. >> why did you decide to go... >> it's extremly important for the western audience to know why these people keep on fighting... ...it's so seldom you get that access to the other side. >> faultlines: on the front lines with the taliban then an america tonight: special edition only on al jazeera america >> al jazeera's investigative unit has tonight's exclusive report. >> stories that have impact... that make a difference... that open your world... >> this is what we do... >> america tonight weeknights 9et / 6pt only on al jazeera america >> afghanistan is getting ready for another presidential election, and this will mark the first democrati democratic passf power in this country's history. the ballot will replace president hamid karzai. you can see pulling off this vote is complicated by the taliban and i
Al Jazeera America
Apr 27, 2014 7:30pm EDT
been accused of going after someone who has reported critically on it. the isi and the taliban are the rock and the hardplace of pakistani. doll too much digging on either organization and you can get squeezed. our starting point this week is karachi. >> in a country where almost 70 people were killed in suicide bombings last year, another 199 were killed in drone strikes and there were 14,000 cases of murder, an attack on a single journalist who happened to survive might seem less than newsworthy. however, the shooting of hamid mir seems tied into those suicide bombings and drone strikes because those are the kinds of stories on extremism and what the government was doing about it that he was reporting on. >> hamid mir is arguably the most popular journalist in pakistan right now and has been. you could say the king of television journalism for the last decade in the country. he has a show on television called "capital t.v." and has been labeled a taliban sympathizer and a cia agent both for the kind of positions he has taken >> in the last few years, he took an independent li
CSPAN
Apr 12, 2014 5:30pm EDT
. the other message was for those who want to disrupt this process. we all saw what the taliban did or was capable of doing by sending suicide bombers and planting ied's and targeting candidates and ordinary people, mostly soft targets, and that did not happen. that was not realized. on the one hand because afghan security forces did an amazing job. i think the intelligence services did an amazing job. the head of intelligence today said they had 3400 incidents that were going to occur across the country and almost all of them were neutralized. as a result, more than 50 or so militants would be sent as suicide bombers and so on were killed, and more than 90 were arrested, all parts of different operations. i think that speaks loudly and clearly to the fact that afghan security forces have reached a certain level of capacity that was not observed in the 2009 elections. i think the message sent to the taliban is that the afghan people have chosen to support a democratic future, that this strategy of trying to intimidate and so forth is not going to dissuade afghans from a better futur
LINKTV
Apr 4, 2014 2:00pm PDT
-winning german job for shot dead. one is still fighting for her life. >> and the taliban is denying responsibility. if that is the case, that would mark the first insider attack on journalists. >> on your new dream house -- anya and her catholic -- and her canadian colleague were traveling in the east of the country. the convoy they were with was distributing balloting information and had unarmed escort. but armed officers had little chance to react when another policeman manning a checkpoint opened fire on the women. anja niedringhaus died at the scene. kathy gannon was taken to a nearby hospital. >> the wounded journalist is 60 years old and in critical condition. our surgical team is providing her with medical aid. fax cap the -- >> kathy gannon's injuries are likely not life-threatening, but for anja niedringhaus, it is too late. >> seeing and coping with that situation is a test you put yourself through. are you created for this? can you take it? that was the most important thing for me, and that is why i never quit. i have noticed i can take it. i can do it. anja niedringhaus
MSNBC
Apr 3, 2014 12:00pm PDT
. >>> up next, high anxiety ahead of historic elections in afghanistan. the taliban already making good on threats of violence to rock the vote. what the future holds for this country in transition. "time's" powerful cover story, that straight ahead. we asked people a question, how much money do you think you'll need when you retire? then we gave each person a ribbon to show how many years that amount might last. i was trying to, like, pull it a little further. [ woman ] got me to 70 years old. i'm going to have to rethink this thing. it's hard to imagine how much we'll need for a retirement that could last 30 years or more. so maybe we need to approach things differently, if we want to be ready for a longer retirement. ♪ >>> in afghanistan, adding to concerns about the future of the country ahead of high stakes elections this weekend. in recent days, taliban militants attacked election headquarters with assault rifles, machine guns and rpgs. they are blamed for killing one candidate and a number of his supporters in a suicide bombing at the entrance gate to the interior ministry in k
Bloomberg
Apr 10, 2014 8:00pm EDT
, the withdrawal of western troop. they really want to have someone -- >> someone that will stop the taliban and. talk to me inside the palace about how concerned they were that karzai had not had a security agreement with the states. tacklent someone to help which they see as the real culprit. >> and so do you. we will get to that in a moment. tell me about the afghan people. long? did i stay so it is because of the afghan people. they are incredibly warm and tough. they are amazingly hospitable. otherworldly in that they have had an ancient civilization still intact, traditions still intact. they have a very tribal system, a very religious system. they're very conservative .uslims i think they still have values that often in the west we have forgotten. they go to funerals, weddings. they visit you when you are sick or when you come in to all of those personal things that matter. that is wonderfully impressive when you are a reporter traveling through or even just to visit for a few days. warm.re amazingly it draws you into the culture ran their whole tradition. >> explained hamed karzai to me.
Bloomberg
Apr 17, 2014 8:00pm EDT
not trained as a media entrepreneur. you were a banker. changed, whenan they drop the taliban, use opportunity. with one little radio station. >> we were lucky. of an accidental business. one thing led to another. lo and behold we have 20 companies. >> and partners like rupert murdoch. >> he is a minority shareholder in a company. >> let's talk about the election. >> a success, i think. .> 7 million people when they were threatened. one third of them were women. many people did not believe it was possible. >> 60% participation rate. higher than yours. >> of course. we are less than 50. >> it was a bad day. it was snowing in parts of the country. it was raining. leading up to the election it was a war zone. buildings were getting attacked every day. suicide attacks. friends.wo good it was an extraordinary courage to see people line up to vote. >> now we have a runoff. >> we will see. >> to have a feeling we'll go one way or the other? >> we have three of the most prominent candidates are all phd's, forward thinking. they are all western educated. we have three good candidates, 42%of whom are le
Al Jazeera America
Apr 6, 2014 8:00pm EDT
are being counted - 7 million defying taliban threats. we look at afghanistan's future coming up at the bottom of the hour in our special segment "the week ahead". >> deadly violence in a syrian refugee camp in jordan, one is dead, dozens hurt. security forces are blaming each other. jordanian security your used tear gas against stone-throwing refugees. more than 100,000 people live in that refugee camp. >> the libyan government struck a deal with protesters that occupied key oil ports. it's a major breakthrough after several rounds of negotiations. andrew simmonds is in tripoli with the details. >> the deal means the reopening of two out of four eastern ports after an eight month blockade by armed groups. it cost billions of dollars. after talks between the protest leaders and government intermediaries, there's a deal. >> the mediators reached an agreement approved by the government to reopen the port in two stages. one port will open, and another in two to four weeks. other companies and terms will occur. >> the first signs of movement came less than a week ago with the release
Al Jazeera America
Apr 5, 2014 6:00pm EDT
the taliban. an encouraging turnout for todd's presidential e elections. >>> a chinese ship hears picks. could they be from the missing malaysian jet liner's black boxes. >>> authorities shared new insight on what might have sparked the rampage at 40 hood. >> 40 years since the genocide in rwanda. some accusing french soldiers of a role in the massacre. ♪ seven million. >> that's how many turned out to vote today in afghanistan. it is a big number. more than half the country's voters showed up despite threats by the taliban. now, the countdown begins to see if afghanistan can carry out a true democracy and whether american forces will stay. barnard smith has the latest >> reporter: the queue started before the polling stations opened. despite the taliban threats to target this election, people wanted to vote in afghanistan 5,000 year history, this marks the first democratic transfer of power. people have been eager to seize the chance. >> we don't care about the threat from the taliban. you can see everyone is coming here. for me. >> reporter: 12 million people were eligible to vote. in pa
CSPAN
Apr 20, 2014 11:03pm EDT
in in the corner down the hill you see the river in the moonlight. you can make up the so let where the taliban comes freely. in a nearby valley the s.e.a.l. team was overrun by the fighters leaving alone survivor. you know, they still control the high ground and can attack you any moment. shivering you pull the shawl around your shoulders and a squat down to warm your hands. wearing sandals looking up you with large eyes his name is ishmael in his father sits nearby a crippling his assault rifle. he literally hold your life in his hands for when the taliban attacks you will depend on him in his tribesmen to protect you. will he stand up to the taliban? this is the scene one chilly day in 2012 and moved into the village with the dozen afghan tribal police and soldiers led by special forces general jim gant who was then my fiancee. like the commander you belong to to the tribe the most powerful in the area. they were past due and members of the large ethnic group of 40 million living on either side. living with the afghans it literally means fortress with ancient times complete with guard tower
PBS
Apr 3, 2014 7:00pm PDT
following the taliban's vowed to disrupt the poll last week's bombing in siege of a couple anti landmine charity that left two dead including a girl just one of the string of attacks deadly violence in afghanistan up to the fifteen percent last year just as foreign troops were drawn down trodden is further heightened the week of regional players in these elections neighbors have all stepped up aid to afghanistan as they jostled for influence officially pakistan insists the platforms the people many in islam above the speed and in india on some of the candidates called delhi accuses pakistan in attacks targeting its interests inside of afghanistan. with that that's a bit of acrimony and also the broader picture going for today in the false to get the baby. the scramble for afghanistan was to talk about afghanistan's ambassador to france. some are welcome at the show welcome as well to pakistan's ambassador to paris. the depot meant to speed again. she was in york times bureau chief in kabul now lisa johnson drove in hangs her hat in the french capital. in icu and from delhi. our correspon
Al Jazeera America
Apr 6, 2014 3:00am EDT
describing the vote as success. 7 million people braved threats from the taliban to cast their ballot. >> the queue started forming well before polling stations opened. >> dispute the taliban threats to target the election, people wanted to vote. in afghanistan's 5,000 year history, this marks the first democratic transfer of power. the people are eager to seize the chancism. >> we don't care about the threat from the taliban. you can see the people coming here. i don't have a fear. i'm not afraid of them. >> 12 million people were eligible to vote. in parts of the country where the taliban held sway, polling stations were closed. across the count rit people queue up -- country. people queue up after going through security checks. they'll pick up ballot papers, go into the privacy of the booth to cast their votes and cast their ballots in the boxes here. blue is for the presidential election, green for the provincial election. the presidential vote is easy. there's eight candidates. for the provincial election they have six pages like this - 400 candidates in kabul. each voting choose
Al Jazeera America
Apr 5, 2014 2:00pm EDT
and london. these are the top stories - yes to democracy, no to the taliban. afghans turn out in big numbers to choose a new president. >> plus, a ship looking for the missing malaysia airliner detects a signal in the indian ocean. >> and from london with the latest from europe - see you in court. ukraine threatens russia with legal action over a steep increase in gas prices. >> five years on from italy's earthquake. why much of a town is damaged. >> the artistic side of george w. bush, how he really sees russia's vladimir putin and other leaders around the world. >> despite all the threats from the taliban, afghanistan has carried out historic presidential elections. more than 7 million turn out to vote. that's 58% of the electorate, higher than in the united states. afghans had three main voices, abdullah abdullah, ashraf ghani ahmadzai, and zalmai rassoul. we probably won't know who has won for several weeks. as bernard smith reports, this is a proud day for many afghans. >> the queue started forming well before kabul's polling stations opened. despite the taliban threats to target the el
Al Jazeera America
Apr 5, 2014 8:00pm EDT
york. millions vote in afghanistan, defying the taliban, as the world waits to learn who will be the next leader. >> detecting pings. sounds coming from the deep ocean could be from the black box of the missing jet. >> calls for president obama to stop deporting undocumented immigrants. >> rwanda 20 years later - the country's genocide killed up to a million people. has the world learnt its lesson? >> today the united states praised afghanistan for a successful presidential election. the white house called the vote an important milestone and commended the afghan people. 7 million voters showed up, making turn out nearly 60%, almost double the last election. violence didn't erupt as expected, scatter attacks killed 20. we have more on the first true attempt at democracy >> the queues started forming well before kabul's polling stations opened. despite the taliban threats to tart the election, people wanted to vote. in afghanistan's 5,000 year history this election marked the first democratic transfer of power. people here have been eager to seize the chance. >> we don't ca
PBS
Apr 2, 2014 2:30pm PDT
. three days ahead of the national election, afghanistan is a country now on high alert. the taliban claimed responsibility for an explosion that killed at least six policemen outside the interior ministry right in the heart of kabul. on what may be the country's most crucial election since the overthrow the taliban. we report on different candidates vying to replace hamid karzai. >> afghans are determined to take part even in kandahar. they have threatened to disrupt the process. they have not succeeded. this time, it's a big rally. minister.finance stronghold, he is emphasizing his tribal credentials. he is the man that can bring peace to an area that has seen some of the worst fighting. but why would the taliban want to talk? >> the forces are not threatened. and the kind of numbers that make them doubtful that they would ever leave. we have succeeded. we have brought about massive participation of the public in this election. the democratic process is gaining ground. >> we drive north for a rally to a candidate that will ease the best people are the men that fought its wars. scho
CSPAN
Apr 14, 2014 4:30pm EDT
many people went out to vote that is a real statement in that statement to the taliban and to obviously try to disrupt the process that democracy is the path of power in afghanistan and it's a really important message. so what happens over the next couple of weeks is critically important to weeks and potentially months, important to the process. now that people have gone out to vote on election day the hard task now is determining who won the election and who won the elections in terms of the provincial council races but also to place. so that process has two primary tracks. one is that the result, account has been completed throughout the country. the results forums should now be coming into kabul to a national tally center there where the independent election commission will oversee the tallying of the votes that were cast on saturday through a double standard, double bind process and then at some point here in the next few days we will actually start to see preliminary results being released from the commission. the results process in the past has been one of the most contentious par
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